Book Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it's too late to walk away.
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
Oh wow!  I absolutely loved Seeker!  I can't think of one single thing I'd change about this book.  Everything was so well-done and I loved every aspect of this engaging story.

Every time I think I'm through with fantasy novels, I read one like Seeker that renews my faith in the genre.  Seeker is everything I love about YA fantasy: a strong heroine, a well-developed cast of characters, a unique premise, and a fast-paced plot.  Not to mention an ending that left me aching for more. 

Seeker is full of action from the very first page.  The story moves fast, and there was not a dull moment to be had.  Seeker was one of those "ignore my family" books.  I couldn't get enough of the story, and when it ended, I was sad. I wanted to stay in the world Dayton has created with Seeker

Seeker has a fantasy premise, yet it's set in our world.  This is my favorite kind of fantasy to read: there are no rules of a high fantasy world to remember.  And the thought of paranormal events happening as the rest of the world is unaware makes these books very plausible to me. 

I am usually one for a first person narrative, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the alternating perspectives in Seeker.  Each chapter is narrated by a different character, with the main characters Quin, John, Shinobu, and Maud.  I really fell in love with these characters and found myself quite invested in their stories. 

I love it when books encompass a long period of time, and Seeker takes place over a period of eighteen months.  Of course, the plot skipped ahead a few months at a time, otherwise this novel would have been huge.  I loved that the arc of the story took place over such a long period of time, because it allowed for so much character growth and plot development.

The ending was just right for this story: a good amount of closure, yet open enough that I was left wanting more.  I so wish I had book two rightnow, but I'm willing to wait for another book as good as Seeker


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